Ranked the #1 Best Aquarium in the United States and #2 Best Aquarium in the world, the Georgia Aquarium is a must-see attraction in the Atlanta area. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to see 100,000+ animals living in more than 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater.
Four tips to make the most out of your Georgia Aquarium visit:
- Show up early – The early bird gets the best view of the beluga whale
- Buy your tickets in advance or use a CityPASS – Skip the lines, spend more time with the fish
- Plan out your visit – Look up the presentation times in advance so you don’t miss the shows
- Check out all the galleries – Read on to learn more about each one
SunTrust Pier 225
You won’t want to miss the California sea lion performance in SunTrust Pier 225. The show celebrates and teaches you about the playful and smart animals who live in the water and on land. Be sure to get to the theatre at least 15 minutes before the sea lion show to get a seat.
Southern Company River Scout
Who knew so many animals lived on or near the rivers? This walk-through gallery features animals that reside in the rivers of Africa, Asia, South America, and Georgia. Some of our favorite animals were the albino alligators, the piranas, and the Asian small-clawed otters.
Cold Water Quest
Take a journey through the coldest ocean waters on the planet to see some of the more unusual animals that live there. The exhibit hosts penguins, seahorses, a touching pool where you can interact with starfish and more. Our favorite part was the Beluga Whales that swam right up to the glass to greet visitors.
Similar to the sea lion show, you must get to the theater early to see the dolphin celebration. We showed up half an hour early and almost every seat was taken. Want to get wet? Sit in the first ten rows! This is a must-see show where you get to experience the strength, power, and grace of dolphins. The entire show is great, but we especially loved that the trainers got in the water with the dolphins.
Step onto the moving walkway and you’ll feel like you’re under the ocean with thousands of fish swimming above you. This exhibit is home to the gentle giants of the sea including sandbar sharks, giant manta rays, zebra sharks and whale sharks. Fun fact: the Georgia Aquarium is the only aquarium in North America to have whale sharks.
You’ll be mesmerized by one of the largest living reef exhibits in the world in this exhibit. Meant to represent a coral reef ecosystem in the tropical Pacific, the gallery is filled with brightly colored fish and coral.
4D Funbelieveable Theatre
You don’t have to climb into a cage to come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. The 4-D Shark Experience gives you close look at different types of sharks and teaches you about the qualities that make them unique.
Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone
The discovery zone is a filled with interactive activities for guests of all ages. It gets busy very quickly. If you are visiting the aquarium with children, we recommend starting here to get the full experience.
If you have been to the Georgia Aquarium, how was your experience? Let us know your favorite part in the comments!
The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau provided us with two complimentary Atlanta City Passes to cover admission to the Georgia Aquarium. All thoughts, opinions, and awe of the Georgia Aquarium are our own.